Reading links by Allan Alch
By Kelvin Smythe
Reading links by Allan Alach
Allan writes: New Zealand teachers and
children have now completed the end of term one and now have two weeks break until next term. I
stopped referring to these breaks as school holidays a number of years ago, as this conveys the
wrong impression to people who are ignorant of the demands of teaching. Instead this break consists
of a week or so for teachers to recover and recharge (this can be viewed as sick leave), while in
the second week teachers’ thoughts turn to preparation for the coming term.
This week’s articles are a collection of odds and ends!
I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me
This week’s readings:
The myth of
Prepare to be challenged….
Charter schools are not about charter
This article by Kelvin Smythe is a superb appraisal of the charter school
agenda in New Zealand, and which can easily be adapted to describe
similar movements in other countries.
Thanks to Bruce Hammonds for the following
Banned TED Talk: Nick Hanauer ‘Rich people don't
create jobs’ Worth watching for the first time, second time, third time
Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!
‘When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can
fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk,
he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their
own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any
I suggest this applies equally
well to teachers! What do you think?
Why Rising Test Scores May Not Mean Increased
‘A rise in test scores leads most people to believe good things are
happening in their schools. Not unreasonably, politicians and parents alike infer that students have
learned more when tests cores go up. But since the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law was passed that
inference may be unwarranted. Sadly, there are numerous reasons why rising test scores may not be
related to increases in student learning.’
A Dog in the Barn: Parallels in Teaching
Reflect on this.
Moral behavior in animals
Now for something
completely different ...